Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Overview
The upper arms can develop hanging skin, commonly called "bat wings," from significant weight loss and natural aging. An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is one of the 5 most popular after weight loss surgeries, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. At Dr. Robert J Paresi, Jr. MD in Chicago, Dr. Paresi helps patients improve the contour of their upper arms by performing arm lifts that first remove excess skin, then tighten the underlying muscle and tissues for smooth, slim arms. To learn more about arm lift surgery and how it can improve your confidence, patients in the Chicago area can schedule a consultation with Dr. Paresi at his office in Downers Grove, IL.
"Fantastic service all around. Very kind and professional atmosphere, Dr. Paresi really cares for his patients and goes above and beyond to make sure they’re happy and comfortable with results. The nurses are all fantastic as well."- A.V. / Google / Jan 07, 2020
"Caring, Friendly and Professional Experience - From my initial meeting with Dr. Paresi's office all the way through surgery and post-op, Dr. Paresi and his entire staff were kind, friendly and professional. All questions were thoroughly answered from the beginning, including the procedure and outcome. The staff ensured that I had all my necessary prescriptions beforehand and was well taken care of before, during and after the procedure. The surgery was seamless and my recovery time was not very long at all. Within two days, I felt normal, minus some regular bruising and swelling to be expected. I would highly recommend Dr. Paresi for cosmetic and health needs related to rhinoplasty and septoplasty."- E. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2020
"Woman Grows Younger!!! - Doctor Parisi has performed two procedures for me. He was candid and explained everything to me in advance. Doctor Paresi is an artist. His approach is both clinical as well as creative. I was impressed just observing his plan for my body. I am 73 and not one person believes my age. Doctor changed my life with his techniques and I am now so much more confident I never felt that he was looking for money. In fact, there were times that he said that there was no reason to have another procedure.Doctor took as much time with me so that I was always ready for what the immediate result would be which totally helped me to understand and trust."- D.D. / RealSelf / Apr 08, 2020
"Dr. Paresi and his staff are amazing! So friendly, and made me feel comfortable. It was my first time getting any type of surgery, so the day of I was extremely nervous. I was 18 at the time, and decided to have a breast reduction (I was a 34H bra size, I am 5’2”/150lbs, it was very difficult to find clothing for me). I am now 2 1/2 months post-op, and I am very pleased with the results. I now wear a 34DD. My breasts are finally proportionate to my body and life is so much easier. No more back pain, headaches, or daily inconveniences. They are healing up beautifully. This was probably the best decision I ever made, and Dr. Paresi and his staff did a wonderful job. I will definitely be returning in the future for any other plastic surgery I decide to get. I would recommend Dr.Paresi 10/10 times. Him and his staff are very experienced and always there to help you/answer any questions. Thank you Dr. Paresi and staff for your hard work and amazing customer service!"- C.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2020
"Dr. Paresi and his staff were amazing from my first consultation, throughout my procedure, and follow up. Very professional office. Dr. Paresi was highly recommended by another doctor and after my experience I would highly recommend him as well."- D.P. / Google / Mar 11, 2020
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) Surgical Technique
During arm lift surgery, an incision is made along the inner arm, from the armpit down towards the elbow. Once this incision has been made, liposuction may be used to remove excess fat, and any loose skin will be trimmed away. Depending on the extent of the surgery, a draining tube may be placed to help control bleeding. In patients with excessive drooping, where there is looseness within the internal tissue structures, a tightening technique will be used internally. These surgical efforts will result in a smaller circumference of the upper arm.
Arm Lift (Brachioplasty) During/After Surgery
Brachioplasty is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility and typically takes around 2 hours to complete. It is considered an outpatient procedure. If this surgery is combined with another body contouring procedure, then the patient may be required to stay overnight in the hospital. Following surgery, the arm should be kept elevated to help control swelling and promote circulation. Patients will experience a slow return of normal function. Arm and hand strength, specifically, will be weak for the first several weeks as the internal tissues heal.
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Arm Lift FAQs
Liposuction or Lift?
Patients that have excess fat inside their arms may be candidates for liposuction, but arm lift patients typically do not have excess fat as their primary problem. These individuals have excessive sagging and loose, hanging skin. The only way to correct this problem is through a brachioplasty procedure. Patients who have relatively good skin tone but also have excess fat in the arms can sometimes achieve their desired results with an exercise and diet regime that incorporates the use of weights.
What About Scarring?
It’s important that patients understand scarring is a part of this procedure. It is recommended that patients avoid sun exposure during the first year to protect the incisions from any additional discoloration. Most patients believe the scars are a small trade-off for a new, shapelier arm. We will discuss scar care to help assist in the healing process.
It is common for arm lift patients to combine this surgery with another procedure. Some common techniques often combined during what is known as an “upper body lift” include liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast surgery (breast lift). During your consultation, each surgery will be discussed and recommendations will be made on whether these procedures should be done at the same time.
How Toned Will I Look?
An arm lift is performed to remove hanging skin and fat. The only way to build muscle is through strength training. Following surgery, once the arms are fully healed, patients can resume exercise and weight training. This is a great way to add shape to the arms by toning and strengthening them.